MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Co-Players of the Week
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Senior, Center, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)
Marshall continues to be the defensive force that has helped the Zips win 11-straight games, including two contests last week. For the week, Marshall averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (12-of-16). In Akron’s 71-56 win at Toledo on Wednesday, Marshall just missed the program’s first triple-double in the Division I era, posting 18 points, eight rebounds and nine blocked shots. His nine blocked shots tied his own school record and are tied for the second-most ever in the history of the MAC. In the Zips’ 68-64 come from behind win over Buffalo, Marshall finished with eight points, four rebounds and six blocked shots. He was part of a defensive effort that held Javon McCrea to his third-lowest point total of the season. (10 points).
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Senior, Guard, Chicago, Ill. (Seton Academy)
Cooper averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals, while shooting 54.2 percent (13-24) from the floor, to help Ohio earn two league road wins and move to 6-0 in the MAC for the first time since the 1973-74 season. Against Miami on Wednesday, the 2013 Cousy Award Finalist led the 'Cats with 17 points and nine assists while tying a season high with seven rebounds. In the team's 69-68 win at Kent State on Saturday, Cooper tied a season high with 23 points and added five assists and three steals. Cooper posted 12 points during Ohio's critical 21-8 second-half run against the Golden Flashes, and his two free throws in the final minute clinched the victory for Ohio. With his third steal of the game, Cooper became the first Ohio player to ever record 300 career steals. On the week, the Chicago, Ill., native's 14 assists gave him 855 for his career, which moved him into a tie for 20th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Majok Majok, Ball State
Junior, Forward, Perth, Australia (Midland College)
Majok averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last week, while shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line. The junior forward led all players with 21 points and eight rebounds Saturday at Miami, helping Ball State to an 82-62 road win for just their second victory at Millett Hall since 1992. He had 13 of his points and six of his rebounds in the second half to help Ball State open up a close game. Earlier in the week, Majok scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds against Buffalo despite being limited to a season-low 19 minutes because of foul trouble. Majok has now scored in double figures in five straight MAC games, including two performances with more than 20 points. He is one of 16 players in the nation averaging a double-double for the season at 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Jr., F, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as the Bulls went 1-1 on the week. In Buffalo's win at Ball State, the junior forward scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Five of his rebounds were offensive, leading to eight second chance points. At Akron on Saturday, McCrea finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and a steal.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt Junior, Guard/Forward, Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)
Harrison led the Eagles to a split this week in Mid-American Conference play as Eastern Michigan fell to Western Michigan, 63-59, Jan. 23, and topped Northern Illinois, 42-25, Jan. 26, in record setting fashion. The Akron, Ohio native saw an average of 30 minutes a game and dropped 15 points in the EMU loss to Western where he shot 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the floor and 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc. Defensively, the redshirt junior tied a career-high two blocks against the Broncos. In the Eagles record-setting victory over Northern Illinois, Harrison posted eight points and five rebounds, along with a pair of assists and a steal. The Eagles held NIU to 1-of-31 (3.2 percent) in the first half which is the lowest since the shot clock era, while also holding the Huskies to 8-of-61 (13.1 percent) shooting which is the lowest in any game in the shot clock era since 1986.
Randal Holt, Kent State
Senior, Guard, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Holt went 6-of-13 from long range over two games, climbing to secondplace on Kent State’s all-time list with 205 career three-pointers. Holt averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.0 steals on theweek. In a 70-55 loss at Bowling Green on Wednesday, Holt had 17 points, three three-pointers, four rebounds, three assists, and a career-high five steals. He added 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal on Saturday as the Golden Flashes fell by just a point, 69-68, to first-place Ohio. Holt made three more trifectas against the Bobcats and is just six shy of tying Kent State’s all-time record.
Will Felder, Miami
Junior, Forward, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder averaged 16.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg over two games last week. He shot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. Felder recorded his first double-double at Miami with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio, the most by a Miami player this season. He led the RedHawks with 14 points against Ball State, his ninth straight double-figure scoring effort.
Dominique Buckley, Toledo
Senior, Guard, Romulus, Michigan (Iowa State)
Buckley averaged 14.5 ppg and 3.0 spg and was UT’s most efficient shooter with a 61.5 field-goal percentage (8-of-13), including an impressive 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range. Buckley opened the week by tying his career high with five steals and scoring nine points against MAC East Division leader Akron. He then scored a team- and season-best 20 points vs. Bowling Green, shooting 4-of-6 from three-point range and knocking down all eight of his free-throw attempts. His performance at the charity stripe helped UT to an amazing 26-of-27 effort at the line.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Redshirt Junior, Center, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington led the Broncos to a pair of victories last week, extending the team's MAC winning streak to four games with victories over Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Whittington notched 14 points in the Broncos' win over the Eagles on Wednesday, going 7-of-12 (.583) from the field and adding two blocks a rebound, an assist, and a steal. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Eagles that dated back to last season; the Broncos have never lost three straight games to the Eagles under head coach Steve Hawkins.The junior center was dominant in the Broncos' victory over the Chippewas on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points on 6-of-8 (.750) shooting from the field, and adding an 8-of-10 (.800) performance from the free throw line as well. Whittington also posted five rebounds and a block in the win, enabling the Broncos to blow out their rival for their sixth win away from home in 2012-13.